California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

Date: December 15, 2011
District: District 1 - Eureka
Contact: Phil Frisbie, Jr.
Phone: (707) 441-4678

NEW CALTRANS ROUNDABOUT NEAR FORT BRAGG WILL HELP REDUCE COLLISIONS, CONGESTION AND CARBON EMISSIONS

EUREKA – Caltrans today announced it has completed a new traffic roundabout south of Fort Bragg that will help reduce the severity of potential collisions, lower vehicle emissions by lessening idle times and help ease traffic congestion.

The $4.4 million project was partially funded ($495,000) by Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To date, the state has allocated nearly $11 billion in Proposition 1B funds for transportation purposes statewide.

"This roundabout is a great example of Caltrans working with local agencies and the public to create a project which addresses safety and traffic needs,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Caltrans worked with the Mendocino Council of Governments and Mendocino County to develop the project on Highway 1 at Simpson Lane. Thanks to the new roundabout, it will now be safer and easier for motorists to enter and exit the highway.

Studies done in the U.S. have found that roundabouts have better safety records than intersections with traffic signals. In locations similar to Simpson Lane and Highway 1, roundabouts reduced fatal and injury collisions by more than 75 percent, on average. Their design eliminates severe collisions caused by red light runners and also compels drivers to slow down, giving them additional time to react. Roundabouts reduce pollution and fuel usage and save money because there’s no traffic signal equipment to install or maintain.

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